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Fungus can be fun

By Michael Baxter / 10 April 2017

Since 1993 Mushroom Gourmet have been supplying New Zealand with mushroom spawn and teaching its customers how to grow mushrooms and edible fungi. Business owner Tim came to Utopia with an existing website wanting to use the POLi payment gateway.


SilverStripe CMS

By Michael Baxter / 10 March 2017

There are many different website Content Management Systems (CMS) on the market today. One of the newer players is the locally developed SilverStripe . This CMS was only open sourced in 2006. This allowed developers and designers from around the world to shape and improve SilverStripe. Since this time a vibrant open source community has grown around the project and the company has expanded with ... more »


Drone simulator

By Michael Baxter / 16 February 2017

Microsoft has made available a  beta version  of an advanced virtual world for training autonomous drones, as well as other gadgets that move on their own. The software, which is  available on GitHub , recreates conditions like shadows, reflections and other potentially confusing real-world conditions in a highly detailed, highly realistic virtual environment – without the risk of the real t... more »


What's out west?

By Michael Baxter / 9 February 2017

The Westerly is a free monthly community magazine for Massey and Hobsonville.  Graham came to Utopia needing a website to compliment the printed magazine where past and current issues of the magazine could be viewed and editorials could be submitted.


Protection from hackers

By Michael Baxter / 16 January 2017

As we rely on web and mobile app solutions more and more we need to consider the protection we are providing our customers. One of the many ways to improve protection is to operate your website behind a Content Distribution Network (CDN). A CDN is a globally distributed network of servers deployed in multiple locations around the globe. Their goal is to deliver content to users with high availabi... more »


Christmas operating hours

By Michael Baxter / 5 December 2016

Over the Christmas period Utopia's office will be closed on Wednesday 21st December 2016 and reopen on Monday the 16th January 2017. During the holiday season you can email info@utopia.co.nz or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to working with you in the coming year and hope our business relationship continues for many years to come. The staff at Utopia wish you a safe ... more »


The decline of the desktop just passed a major milestone

By Michael Baxter / 5 December 2016

They say it’s one of the saddest moments in a person’s life when their child can beat them at a game for the first time, and the desktop computer just had its own electronic version of that distressing experience. October 2016 was the month smartphones and tablet web browsing finally took the lead: 51.3% to 48.7%. Sure, there’s no biological link here, but there’s only one way this graph ... more »


FB tax not a good look

By Michael Baxter / 20 November 2016

Prime Minister John Key says he has delivered a blunt message to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that the social media firm has a public relations problem over not paying its fair share of tax.

Key talked to the billionaire businessman on the margins of the Apec summit in Peru during a conversation that included Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Nieto.

"I was reasonably blunt. I said I thought Facebook did have an issue in terms of its global tax, with the perception of its tax policy. And I thought he needed to change that," Key said.